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Keep the Faith

Wed, 30 Mar 2011 02:06:01 +0000

If you were given a list of available children to adopt, which one would you pick? Would you look for the cutest, youngest, happiest little boy or girl? Or would you choose an older child... say around 15 or 16 years old?

 

My husband and I are currently going through this right now. Last year, we were chosen...yes, I said chosen... to adopt a child (or children). We have a natural son already but realized that adopting a child would make the most sense for us.

 

For anyone wondering, because I get asked this question a lot... Yes. We are able to still have children. We just chose not to have anymore after we had our one and only son. And why are we adopting?? Have you ever looked at your state's website listing of foster children waiting to be adopted? Have you ever thought about what actually happens to those children you see on the television that were left at home alone with their crackhead mom after mom got stoned, burned down the house, and went to jail? Yeah, those kids that you said "I can't believe the state didn't do something" or "I'm so glad they took those kids away from those horrible parents"... those kids are all waiting for someone to step up and actually be parents to them.

 

You see, when the kids are taken out of those horrible places that you see in the news, they make their way into the foster care system where they are either transitioned back into their natural parent's home or shuffled to foster parent(s) who may or may not be able to adopt them when they become available. If the foster parents can't adopt them, they're put in a database where they wait... and wait.... and wait... and wait... and depending on their age when they enter the system... they wait so long that they can't wait anymore and they age out of the system at the ripe old age of 18 when they are supposed to miraculously become productive, responsible adult members of society, even though they've had no real up-bringing.

 

I was adopted as an infant and was raised by the most wonderful parents anyone could've asked for. But that is only a small part of my draw to adopting. I believe that we were chosen. We both believe this. And I also believe that no matter what criteria for potential adoptees we may have, the right child (or children) will choose us, not the other way around.

 

I don't know the reason why we've been lead down this path. But I can tell you that the more real it becomes, the more nervous and... apprehensive.... I become. I've thought about backing out and wiping my hands of the whole thing, but I can't. New situations scare me and give me ridiculous butterflies... but if I don't help at least one chilid, who will? Will you? Your neighbor?

 

For now, my husband and I have faith in God that everything will go the way He has planned... and what is that? Well, it's not for me to know... at least not yet. But we will keep the faith.

 




For Every New Facebook Fan of Big Heart Baby Clothing Co, 6 cents is donated to children’s charities.

Mon, 25 Oct 2010 21:34:16 +0000

Starting Today, October 24th, 2010 Big Heart Baby Clothing Co. will Donate 6 cents to children’s charities for every new person to “Like” Big Heart Baby on Facebook.

Go to the Big Heart Baby Facebook Page, "Like" and suggest it to friends.

The people behind Big Heart Baby are working hard to inform as many people as possible about their products, and the positive impact each purchase has on the lives of children in need.  In an effort to minimize marketing expenses in order to maximize donations, they are launching a “Spread the Word” Campaign, turning advertising dollars into donation dollars.  For every person, who “Likes” Big Heart Baby on Facebook, they will donate 6 cents, spread evenly amongst their 6 children's causes.  The more people to “Like” Big Heart Baby, the more direct donations they make. 

Please do your part and suggest it to all your friends, and tell them to suggest it to their friends, because the more the word spreads, the greater the positive impact we can make.  Along the way,  everyone can do even more, simply by purchasing Big Heart Baby quality products.  With every item purchased on their website, $5 is donated to a children’s charity of the buyers choice.  And US Shipping is always Free!

Check out all the Big Heart Baby baby, toddler, teen and adult apparel.




BlogHer Conference in Pictures: 2006

Wed, 21 Jul 2010 19:36:28 +0000

So many photos, so little time.

We're putting up your 2006 conference photos as fast as we can. Here is what we have so far!

We want your pictures! If you would like your photo added to the collection, please include the names and blog names of each person in the photo, left to right, and e-mail it to Rita Arens at rita@blogher.com. You can also send your Flickr sets -- please tag the people in the pics if you know their names. Anything not tagged will be placed in a miscellaneous gallery at the earliest available time.

If you'd like to add your pics to BlogHer's Flickr group, it is here.

The more you label and sort your pictures, the faster we can put them up. You can sort them by:

  • Year (ex: BlogHer 2006)
  • Speaker pictures
  • Party pics
  • A category (ex: the famed Shoes of BlogHer)

We can't wait to see you! (Stop back often, we'll keep adding pictures as they roll in.)

You can check out all BlogHer conference photos at our conference photo archive.




Mommy Guilt (aka Baby Withdrawal)

Mon, 22 Jun 2009 20:28:46 +0000

A friend of mine, who does not have children, asked me to explain “mommy guilt”. I have to admit this is a difficult subject to discuss without a common frame of reference. But, on behalf of all the CareerMamas out there and for the benefit of those who do not have children, soon-to-be mothers, and men, I will give it my best shot.   The bond you form with your children is unlike any other bond you may form with another person. It is not stronger than the bond you form with your spouse or partner; it is just different. It begins well before you see your baby, which is an amazing experience. When your baby is born, you realize just how fragile he is and that he is completely dependent upon you for nourishment, comfort, and protection. When you and your baby see each other for the first time, when your baby is in what has been called a state of quiet alertness, you make a vow then and there to do everything in your power to support, care, and protect your child. Many of us think this means we can never let the baby out of our sight. I’ve talked to a number of moms who, desperate for some rest after delivering their baby, attempted to sleep in the hospital while trained nurses cared for their newborn baby. However, they were unable to part with them out of fear the baby would stop breathing if they were not watching them. I tried this after I delivered my son. No more than 10 minutes went by before I was out of bed and wandering around the maternity ward frantically searching for my baby boy. Three years and another baby later, I am still kicking myself for not taking advantage of the nurses at my disposal and getting the rest when I had a chance. So, did I have the nurses watch my daughter after I delivered her? No, of course not. A mother has a psychological and physical need to see and hold her baby. Therefore, the prospect of not seeing and holding her newborn for any great length of time can really frighten a new mom.   For my career, I have to do a bit of traveling. I waited until my son was 6 months old, however, before going on the road again. Even then, it was very difficult to leave him. With my daughter, I only waited 4 months before going on a business trip, which was only a day trip. On the way back home, my scheduled flight was canceled. I then discovered that some of the remaining flights were double booked (of course), that there was an eruption of an Alaskan volcano (causing the grounding of planes in that state), and that mechanical failure knocked out the remainder of potentially available planes. So, I was one of many tired and grumpy people at the airport who now had to attempt to get home by flying standby on another plane or airline. I was supposed to leave at 5:30pm, which means that I would have been home in time to give my son a good night kiss and give my daughter her last feeding. But, that ideal scenario flew out the window when I discovered that not only would I not be able make the 9pm flight, but I would be lucky to make the 10pm flight and would probably have to stay the night. What happened then can only be described as an anxiety attack. I had to do everything I could not to ball my eyes out at the prospect of not being with my 4 month old daughter that night.   My situation that night is not unique. I’m sure many CareerMamas have experienced something similar and understand the pain I went through. We sit at the airport and try to read or work or do something to take our minds off of how awful we feel. We admonish ourselves for going on a business trip this early in our baby’s life and envision our baby looking around for us and crying inconsolably for his mommy. This situation is even worse if you are breastfeeding. Just ask any breastfeeding mom what happens when she thinks about her baby. You feel as though you are going to explode or you lactate all over the place (hopefully you remembered your breast pads), or both. So, not only are you feeling guilty for not being available to hold and con[...]



My hands are clean, buddy.

Tue, 22 Jan 2008 04:38:21 +0000

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Here is the selection of Barack Obama's recent speech at Dr. Martin Luther King's old church that had me yelling at Stephanie Miller and the people who called in to support her and Senator Obama's assertions, emphases mine:

For most of this country’s history, we in the African American community have been at the receiving end of man’s inhumanity to man. And all of us understand intimately the insidious role that race still sometimes plays – on the job, in the schools, in our health care system and in our criminal justice system.

And yet, if we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that none of our hands are entirely clean. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll acknowledge that our own community has not always been true to King’s vision of a beloved community.

We have scorned our gay brothers and sisters instead of embracing them. The scourge of anti-Semitism has, at times, revealed itself in our community. For too long, some of us have seen immigrants as competitors for jobs instead of companions in the fight for opportunity.

Someone needs to watch Jesus Camp and Friends of God, because almost every person featured in those documentaries about crazy Evangelical Christians was white. I don't remember hearing about Black Friends of God. I don't remember the Congressional Black Caucus running on platforms of bigotry towards the LGBT community. I don't remember any black governors or senators pushing to build a fence along the US/Mexico border to keep those immigrants from "taking our jobs." I don't recall any black lawmakers even talking about Judaism, much less calling for the persecution of people who practice a certain religion, or suggesting that an elected member of Congress needs to prove his allegiance to America. I believe that the most notable people who are committed to keeping non-straight, non-American, non-Christian individuals out of the US are all white dudes. I would link, but do I really need to? I think not.

I wonder why I can't think of a bunch of black people in charge who are perpetrating institutionalized hatred and discrimination. Maybe if there were more black people running our government, more than six non-white current US Senators, or more than five black US Senators over the entire history of our country, maybe then we could get a real grasp on taking down other oppressed groups.




Advertising Slogans Gone Wild: Scotland,Virginia and DHL

Sun, 09 Dec 2007 14:57:18 +0000

Advertising slogans are supposed to state the main benefits of the brand. Good slogans, make that great slogans, have a distinct personality of their own and are  hard to forget. Scotland used to have such a slogan. It was,"Scotland, the Best Small Country in the World." But that slogan was created by the last party in power and the new government found the slogan offensive saying it was too downbeat and typified the "Scottish cringe." Okay, so I'm not sure I know what "Scottish cringe" is,but I'm assuming it's something to do with an inferiority complex. So much for the back story.  After six months and about $250,000 (U.S.) Scotland unveiled its new super duper slogan. It is: "Welcome to Scotland." Oh, and  each sign will also include a local factoid like " Home of Golf" and " Home of Europe's Fastest Growing Life Sciences Community." To many, its no more than the advertising equivalent of The Emperor's New Clothes. From the BBC, Responding to the new catchphrase, Labour's Jackie Baillie told BBC Scotland: "I am so stunned." "We've waited with great expectation, we were promised something creative, imaginative to replace the slogan for Scotland that used to exist and I woke up this morning to 'Welcome to Scotland'. "If this is what the creative talent can bring to us and this is what SNP government is crowing about, frankly, I am astonished." Former first minister Jack McConnell launched the first slogan Liberal Democrat tourism spokesman Liam McArthur said: "Nationalist MSPs have spent years regaling us with tales of how fantastic Scotland is. Now, when they have a chance to create a brand for Scotland they give us this bland statement." Gavin Brown, the Conservative enterprise spokesman, said: "Next, Alex Salmond will be telling us this is the best small slogan in the world." Scotland is not alone in messing up a perfectly good slogan. The State of Virginia recently tweaked its " Virginia Is For Lovers" slogan by adding the phrase "live passionately."   To bring that message home they added a hand gesture of a heart. When they discovered that the Chicago-based gang "The Disciples" have a very similar hand gesture, Virginia tourism removed the gesture from their branding. In August, I challenged Virginia on that decision. Earlier last week,when the Tourism Office thought that the hand gesture was used by a small gang in South Carolina, they still  planned to go ahead with the promotion. Only when they learned it was the Chicago Disciples that the decision to remove the heart sign was eliminated. What's the real problem here?Are they concerned that the Disciples are going to be offended? Was the Commonwealth concerned the Disciples were going to haul them into court for copyright infringement? Are they concerned that the Disciples will think this is an invitation to visit to Virginia? Instead of kowtowing to a gang in Illinois why not should start a campaign " Bring Back Our Heart."  The idea would be that people who want to have a good time in Virginia should own the hand gesture and not worry about what goes on in the streets of Chicago.  If the Disciples want to use a similar gesture fine. But the message should be they don't own it. While the Commonwealth of Virginia never intended for their brand to provide a double entendre for gang members, you have to wonder exactly what DHL was thinking when they launched their "All The Way" slogan in Asia Pacific this year. There is an online game spoofing the slogan. Very Australian humor. It's a maze to collect packages with this warning, " But makes sure you look out for the secretaries! If they catch up to you, you'll cop more than just an earful."  Oleh Petra Di offers up some Subtitles that DHL could include in their marketing. We'll still respect you upon delivery Prove your love for international shipping If you don't us[...]



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12/14/06 Bay Area BlogHer Holiday Bash - Reminder!

Fri, 08 Dec 2006 23:38:27 +0000

We're looking forward to our very merry meet-up, and thrilled we'll be seeing so many new and familiar faces...[img_assist|fid=2506|thumb=0|alt=Cafe Royale|caption= ]but we are starting to reach capacity!

Details about the event can be found here, and if you'd like to join us, just let us know to expect you.

Happy Holidays!




12/14/06 Bay Area BlogHer Holiday Bash: A Very Merry Meet-Up

Wed, 22 Nov 2006 02:28:12 +0000

I couldn't be more excited to be a part of the BlogHer team, and am eagerly looking forward to getting to know all of you better - both online and in person. And what better way (or time of year) to do so than with a Bay Area BlogHer Holiday Bash?

You're invited!

WHO: All Bay Area (and beyond) BlogHers
WHEN: Thursday, December 14th
TIME: 5:30 to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Cafe Royale, 800 Post St. @ Leavenworth in San Francisco

Our holiday event is a great opportunity for you to meet, mingle & jingle with your fellow BlogHers in a festive, chic-but-cozy atmosphere.

Cafe Royale wil be offering complimentary hors d'oeuvres along with a fine selection of wines, beers, and Soju cocktails at a no-host bar. So join the party, and eat, drink, and be merry!

*Due to the venue's capacity limits, we do need you to RSVP if you intend to join us. Please click here to RSVP now, or email kristy@blogher.org with the subject line: BlogHer Holiday Bash and let us know to expect you.




12/11/06: BlogHer Meet-up in Washington DC

Tue, 14 Nov 2006 00:30:51 +0000

We had so much fun at our BlogHer meet-up in Seattle that we figured why not take the opportunity to have another meet-up outside Silicon Valley?

The occasion this time is a meeting of the Downtown Women's Club of Washington DC. I'll be their guest at their December mixer, giving a brief talk about blogging. Don't worry there will be more time spent networking then speechifying!

Here are the details:

WHO: The Downtown Women's Club of DC
WHEN: Monday December 11th
TIME: 6-9PM
WHERE:
WC&AN Miller Office
4910 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

SCHEDULE:
6:00pm - 7:00pm Networking
7:00pm - 8:00pm Seminar
8:00pm - 9:00pm Networking

More details

So, who's in?




Blogging and Liability Class with Lauren Gelman at State of Play Academy

Tue, 19 Sep 2006 19:15:03 +0000

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At this summer's Blogher Conference, I had the opportunity to hear Lauren Gelman, Associate Director of Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society,  and Dean of State of Play Academy present at the blogging communities session called, "So, You Have This Crazy Idea."  She gave us a primer on copyright and fairuse,  shared her experienced from a blogging community for law students, talked about her plans for teaching this topic on the 3-D virtual world, there.com.

The State of Play is a law and technology academy built in a virtual world.  The purpose is to challenge the traditional means of delivering legal education. Lauren Gelman will be teaching a class called "Bloggers and Liability" and it will cover statutory and First Amendment protections for bloggers, recent cases that might affect them, and things you may need to worry about on a citizen journalism blog community site.  The class runs this Tuesday, September 19 and Thursday, September 21, from 8:30-9:30 EST.

Lauren is soliciting questions from interested participants at the State of Play Academy course website (login required if you want to post; otherwise, you may just click “guest access”). If you’re interested in attending and have never been in There.com, Lauren can get you an avatar — just email her at gelman at Stanford dot edu.

Some additional resources:
Lauren Gelman's Blog
Beth Simone Noveck, cairns blog
JD Lassica's video of Lauren Gelman on copyright and personal media from Blogher, 2006 Conference
Susan Crawford's blog

Photo from Lauren Gelman's Blog




Doing Good In The Neighborhood

Fri, 01 Sep 2006 04:42:46 +0000

There are many ways in which you can financially support issues, causes and communities you care about beyond the traditional ones we think of such as making a donation to a non-profit organization. Whether it's your corporate or your personal spending, wielding your checkbook wisely can help bring about change. One of the ways in which the BlogHer '06 Conference was able to support a community was through the stuffing of the tote bags given to attendees. In 2005 the bags were stuffed by a handful of volunteers in Elisa's living room. Given that conference attendance nearly tripled in 2006, this option was out of the question if we wanted to maintain our sanity and leave any room in the house for Elisa's kitty, Samantha. My suggestion to this dilemma was to use an assembly service and, specifically, to use a local company I had used previously called Contra Costa ARC (Advocacy, Respect and Commitment) and their Commercial Support Services (CSS) division. Contra Costa ARC bills itself as a good neighbor in your community and is committed to providing only high quality services that are stable and sustainable. This isn't typical corporate sales speak and that's because Contra Costa ARC isn't your typical corporate organization. In fact, they are a non-profit organization that derives a significant portion of their funding through operation of businesses, including CSS. Their businesses additionally serve their mission of assisting people with developmental disabilities achieve personal independence and self-sufficiency by employing them in the businesses they operate. Whatever quibbles there were about the tote bag contents, I don't think anyone could complain about the quality of how those items were packed into the tote. BlogHer received impeccable service and quality from CSS for a more than reasonable price, preserved a bit of our organizer sanity and saved Elisa's space all while supporting a worthy non-profit and community organization. Some other BlogHers are interested in spending in support of their values, as well. Penny Nickel at Money and Values writes: One of the important ways I try to involve my values in my financial decisions is by supporting locally-owned small businesses over corporations. One of the ways in which she does this is by using a Community Development Bank. Clicking through Penny's links uncovers The Hometown Advantage which has the tagline: "Reviving Locally Owned Businesses." Single Ma has a cautionary tale, though. She tried to support her community through banking at OneUnited, "...the largest Black-owned bank and first Black-owned internet bank in America." Despite her due diligence, OneUnited turned out to be a problematic disappointment and has (finally) lost her business. Personally, I've found that if you can find a local business, especially one with which you can develop a relationship, and, even better, one in line with your values, it's often more rewarding than using bigger, impersonal, national options. For instance, a neighbor turned me on to a women-owned locksmith in our neighborhood. There is also a woman-owned bookshop I like to support because of their great service, terrific ambience and to help continue the dream of the late Debi Echlin who is described as "the perfect combination of big sister, mentor, and best friend." And, there is a fantastic local restaurant, which I can't wait to eat at again, owned by an African American chef who supports Black local farmers and who is renowned for his shrimp and grits. Hey, a girl's gotta eat, read and get into her house - might as well keep it all good in the neighborhood while I'm at it. How do you support your community or causes with your spending power? [...]



UPDATED: Attn. BlogHer '06 Attendees: Participate in our post-conference survey

Fri, 25 Aug 2006 23:26:35 +0000

Last week we sent out a post-conference survey to recipients of our BlogHer Conferences Newsletter.

Realizing that not every attendee is subscribed to the newsletter I thought I'd also put the call out here:

If you attended the conference and would like to get a link to the survey, please email me and provide the name or pseudonym with which you registered for the conference. I'll reply with a direct link to the survey.

UPDATED: Should mention that the survey itself is totally anonymous, even though I'm asking for your registration name to send you the link.

It's a long survey with an opportunity to comment on every single session and speaker, plus lots of open ended questions to allow you free space to comment. Never fear, though, almost every question is optional, so if you get overwhelmed and only want to leave us with your strongest most salient thoughts, you can do that too.

So, please, do email me to get the survey if you haven't filled it out yet. And thanks to those of you who already have!




UPDATED: More BlogHer Audio: Interviews

Mon, 21 Aug 2006 16:02:27 +0000

One of our '06 Technology partners, ListenShare, conducted a bunch of interviews at BlogHer '06 and has posted them to a variety of places:

-Download from the ListenShare site.
-Subscribe or download via Odeo.
-Subscribe or download from iTunes Music Store.

So far they've posted interviews with Arianna Huffington, Mena Trott, Guy Kawasaki and Lisa Stone, with more coming. Enjoy!

UPDATED: Now posted on more of your favorite podcast directories:

BlogHer at Podcast Directory.com
BlogHer at Podcast Alley
BlogHer at Podfeed.net




Listen to BlogHer '06: Edublogging, DIY, Identity and Mommyblogging session audio

Sat, 19 Aug 2006 00:39:53 +0000

Here are the first batch of BlogHer breakout session audio recordings.

The sessions from Day Two, Session #1 can be found after the jump.

MommyBlogging is a Radical Act!
Original session description
Session recording (73.6 MB)

Recording Team: Devra, Jennifer, Michelle

Is the Next Martha Stewart a Blogger?
Original session description
Session recording (75.4 MB)

Recording Team: Elspeth, Kat

Identity & Obligation
Original session description
Session recording (68.4 MB)

Recording Team: Kirk, Lauren

EduBlogging
Original session description
Session recording (68.8 MB)

Recording Team: Elisabeth, Laurie

That's the good news. Here's some bad news:

Somehow the audio recording for the Get Deeply Geeky session, which engendered (no pun intended) some passionate responses, got irretrievably messed up. We do not, I repeat, do not have an official session recording for this session.

If anyone out there in BlogHerLand did record this session and wouldn't mind sharing it, we would love to host it.

Anyone?




BlogHer '06 Keynote Recordings Now Available!

Fri, 18 Aug 2006 00:36:59 +0000

I'm excited to publish the first of many recordings from the BlogHer Conference '06 sessions.

Each of BlogHer's sessions were lovingly recorded by our crack volunteer audio team!!

Day One Lunch Keynote Recording (44.9MB)
Day Two Closing Keynote Recording (66.8MB)

See descriptions after the jump.

Day One Lunch Keynote Recording (44.9MB)

Description:
What's Next on Day One, featuring moderator Marnie Webb sitting down with Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake and PyraLabs co-founder Meg Hourihan to discuss their role in developing two ubiquitous blog-related programs, and to discuss what's next.

Recording Team: Kirk, Elspeth, Jennifer, Nancy

Day Two Closing Keynote Recording (66.8MB)

Description:
Creating Your Own Platform on Day Two, featuring moderator Chris Nolan sitting down with Hurricane Katrina Direct Relief founder and professional blogger Grace Davis, Huffington Post founder and author Arianna Huffington, WashingtonPost.com/Newsweek Interactive CEO and Publisher Caroline Little and SixApart founder and President Mena Trott.

You may have read Lisa Stone's recap, now listen to it for yourself.

Recording Team: Kat, Laurie, Lauren




In case you tried but couldn't access it: Bloom by AG BlogHerCon Offer

Mon, 14 Aug 2006 14:33:02 +0000

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As many of you who attended BlogHer '06 know, a digital locker was provided for accessing speaker bios, session presentations, and sponsor special offers. One of the offers by American Greetings' division for women, Bloom, was not uploaded into the file properly, and the link to their special offer was broken.

We will re-load the file, but for those who would like to access it now, here's the link!

http://www.blogher.com/misc/Bloom_index.htm




Just some of the BlogHer '06 volunteers

Thu, 03 Aug 2006 16:05:14 +0000

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Behold them in all their glory!

The BlogHer '06 Audio Team, led by toy, who was ably assisted by Mr. Feet on the Street Kirk...and a team of volunteer audio-geeks or wanna-be audio geeks.

Truth be told there was much scrambling to get volunteers to step in for volunteers who dropped out up until the actual day of the conference, so to my knowledge this was our final audio team:
Michelle
Nancy
Lauren
Jessica
Elisabeth
Laurie
Kat
Jennifer
Devra
Susan
Elspeth

Not all of whom are pictured.

And the lovely Stephanie and Tamar from ListenShare too!

I'm hoping you will all post your full names (if you use them) and blog URLs in the comments here. (And tell me if I missed any last minute changes!)

In fact, I must thank toy and Kirk that they kept such last-minute changes off my radar and just handled it. Having you guys on the case was a load off!

So, thanks to the audio team...and yes, their handiwork is being worked on and is on its way.




Preparing photos for Flickr

Tue, 01 Aug 2006 18:22:05 +0000

I just uploaded some of my photos from BlogHer '06 to Flickr. Flickr has gotten so easy to use, it's a pleasure. The free Flickr Uploader makes fast work of uploading and tagging a batch of photos.

Before uploading I do some quick adjustments in Photoshop. I add a Shadow/Highlight adjustment (Image>Adjustments>Shadow/Highlight) or a Levels adjustment (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Levels) to those photos that need lightening or added contrast. Then I run the Image Processor that's built into Photoshop CS2 (File>Scripts>Image Processor) to quickly resize the photos to fit in a 400x400 pixel space, saving them as jpegs to a new folder. Then I upload the entire folder of fixed images using the Flickr uploader. It's a cinch.




Blogher: Blogging Her Way

Fri, 28 Jul 2006 15:52:46 +0000

Blogging her Way is the description of the Blogher conference in this morning's CNET News. This follows yesterday's story from the Pittburgh's Tribune-Review, Women Make Themselves Heard Through Blogs, noted by the quoted Jeneanne Sessum. CNET noted that there were 700 attendees from around the world at the sold out conference, "We can all agree now, women are the power of Web 2.0," said Lisa Stone, one of the founders of the conference, whose numbers have swelled from last year, when around 300 attended." The article notes the "deep sense of community" built around the Blogher site which hosts 20 topic categories, 60 contributing editors, 4100 bloggers and a growing ad network. Elisa Camahort describes the conference theme, "How blogs are changing your world" and explained that she and her partners see blogging as having a very tangible effect on many women's lives. CNET quoted Elisa Camahort explaining that the ad network " is based on a revenue-sharing model in which the bloggers with the best traffic share the highest percentage of ad revenue with the three co-founders," Lisa Stone, Jory Des Jardins and Elisa. Elisa also mentioned "that 80 percent of BlogHer readers make more than $50,000 a year, 90 percent have at least a college education and half write their own blogs...It's the idea of amplified influence," For those like Jeneanne Sessum and myself who were not able to make it to Blogher, there is some awesome live blogging: Beth KanterYvonne DivitaBritt BravoDonnaPatricia BabischkinHeather BarmoreKim PearsonKarl EWhitney And an IRC Chat. Marianne Richmond also blogs at Resonance Partnership Tags: Blogher, Jeneanne Sessum, Elisa Camahort, Lisa Stone, Blogher Conference, Jory Des Jardin, Beth Kanter, Yvonne DiVita, CNET News, blogging, social media Powered by Qumana [...]